We’re keen to support our Members who drive electric vehicles (or are planning to get one) and it would be great to get some of your feedback here in the community.
Obviously we tick the most important box for electric vehicles - we’re a clean, renewable energy supplier.:o
Beyond that, some EV owners have asked whether we’ll be introducing a special tariff for Members who want to charge their electric vehicles at home.
We’re not convinced that an EV tariff is the best option. Or, at least, not what we should focus on first.
Citizens Advice has carried out research into the various EV tariffs in the market and found that they’re not necessarily the best option for those who want to charge their cars at home.
The reason is that while the middle of the night rates may look good, you could end up paying higher rates at other times of day.
So in other words, a night tariff for EVs in fine if you’re never at home during the day and only really use your house to charge your EV (!). But it’s not so good if you happen to use your house for living in, too.
We’ve looked into how Pure Planet currently compares with the EV tariffs out in the market.
We used the same usage figures as Citizens Advice used when they carried out their research - an annual average usage of 3100 kWh of electricity in the daytime, and 1500 kWh of at night. Here’s how we compare right now:
We’re going to put a page on our website showing the same info. We’re also planning to add a comparison calculator so EV owners can enter the model of their car, their annual mileage, and get a figure of how much it will cost with PP compared to other suppliers.
So we think there might be something else we could do to support our Members with EVs, and also help persuade more EV owners to switch to us.
That’s why I’ve created this community poll to find out what our Members think. Do you think we should we have an EV tariff? What about offering home charger installations? (But won’t that discriminate against the millions of drivers who don’t have a driveway at home?)
So perhaps we should be giving our Members free or discounted access to public charging points?
Is it all of the above? If so, in what order?
Perhaps there’s something we haven’t thought of?
Let us know what you think - vote in the poll, tells us your thoughts in the replies. Looping in some community Members who've previously taken part in EV discussions here
Update 3 March 2020
Exciting news! We've launched an EV pilot and we're looking for EV drivers to help be a part it.
Check it out here.